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Volume 52, Number 15   November 29, 2004         

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Winter/spring textbooks
The Bookstore's textbook department would like to remind faculty to submit orders for the winter and spring semesters. Submit textbook orders online at:

The earlier a book order is turned in, the better chance the Bookstore has to buy back used books from students at the end of the semester. This benefit allows students to sell back books and get up to 50 percent of what they paid for the book. To do this, however, book orders must be submitted before the buyback period -- Dec. 6-17.

For details, contact the textbook department at ext. 8-7377 or:

CSU international opportunities deadline
Faculty interested in applying for CSU resident director opportunities or Wang Faculty Stipends should apply by Wednesday, Dec. 1. Both of these programs provide opportunities for faculty to pursue work and teaching in a variety of international settings.

For details, contact Johnetta Richards at ext. 8-7589.

Help for the holidays
The Stay-In-School Family Resource Center (SISFRC) will hold a toy drive through Dec. 6 to benefit the low-income children and inner-city youth who will attend the center's first annual holiday party Dec. 11.

Donations should be appropriate for infants through early teens and can come in the form of new and unwrapped toys, gift wrap, gift certificates or cash donations. Drop off donations in the SISFRC office, room 120 of the HSS building, or arrange for a pickup.

For details, e-mail or call ext. 5-0410.

Construction on Lake Merced Blvd.
San Francisco Public Works has announced that construction on Lake Merced Boulevard between Winston Drive and Skyline Boulevard will begin in late November. The construction will involve roadway excavation, reconstruction of curbs and installation of curb ramps. It should be completed by spring 2005.

Chamber music recital

The Alexander String Quartet will perform a free chamber music recital at 6 p.m. Monday in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building. The performance is a musical tribute to honor Bella Ma Chiu. Pianist Yee-Ha Chiu will join the Quartet for part of the program.

For details, contact the School of Music and Dance at ext. 8-1431.

Post-election changes
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' class/public lecture series on the presidential elections continues this week with a look at what changes to expect in domestic and foreign policy during the post-election period. The class takes place from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

Participants include: Burcu Akan Ellis, assistant professor of international relations; Suijan Guo, assistant professor of political science; and Ayse Pamuk, assistant professor of urban studies.

For details, see:

World AIDS Day

The campus will celebrate World AIDS Day with a variety of events Thursday.

The campus community is invited to participate in a reading of names for those who have died from 10 a.m. to noon on the Mezzanine of the Cesár Chávez Student Center.

There will be free HIV antibody testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center.

Da Jump Up, a hip-hop troupe of 16 young rappers and break dancers whose main focus is HIV/AIDS prevention in youth, will perform from noon to 2 p.m. on Malcolm X Plaza.

The film "Shouting Silent," which portrays the impact of HIV/AIDS on young girls in South Africa, will be screened from 2 to 4 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall. A discussion follows the screening.

Radio Active, a member of the rap group Spearhead, will share an evening of music and education about HIV/AIDS from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Depot in the Student Center.

An open-mike event for AIDS awareness will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cantina of Mary Ward Hall.

AIDS scholarship

The campus community is invited to a reception and dinner fund-raiser for the Robert Westwood AIDS Scholarship Friday in the University Club. A reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; dinner is from 6 to 8 p.m.

The scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding SFSU students who are living with HIV. R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Tuesday to Denise Fox-Needlemam at ext. 8-2043 or Michael Ritter at ext. 8-7339.

Next Week
Bookstore reception

The SFSU Bookstore invites faculty and staff to its annual reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, in the Bookstore. There will be refreshments and faculty and staff will receive a 20-percent discount on many items in the store.

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CUSP II to be discussed at Academic Senate
A new strategic plan for SFSU drafted by the Commission on University Strategic Planning (CUSP II) will be presented to the Academic Senate from 2:25 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the Nob Hill room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Faculty and staff are invited to attend or send comments to:

The draft plan is available online at:

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill Room in the Seven Hills Conference Center.

The Senate agenda includes: a report from Provost John M. Gemello on CUSP II; a proposal to discontinue the bachelor of arts degree in Russian; a resolution on re-nominating trustee Kathy Kaiser; proposed revisions to the master of science degree in public administration; a proposal to discontinue the NEXA concentration in the bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies; and a proposal to discontinue the NEXA minor.

Dean Kassiola review deadline next week
The deadline to submit questionnaires or individual written responses to the chair of the Administrative Review Committee (ARC) for Joel Kassiola, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, is Wednesday, Dec. 8. Questionnaires are available in room 455 of the Administration building, or may be obtained by contacting Stephanie Schwartz at, or printed out at:

Send all questionnaires and written responses to Richard Hoffman, ARC Committee Chair, c/o the Office of the Provost, ADM 455.

The committee will not use any anonymous responses. However, the ARC will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law.

Online modules about college teaching available
The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching has rolled out its "Orientation to College Teaching," a series of modules designed to provide information, instruction and support to faculty and teaching staff at the university level who wish to enhance their teaching and support their students' learning. The modules are available at:

These modules cover fundamental teaching skills in: Introduction to College Teaching, Course Design, Course Development, Course Implementation and Assessment. They were created as part of the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Program, a FIPSE grant project.

For details or feedback, e-mail:

Environmental Studies Program workshop Friday
The Environmental Studies Program is undergoing a curriculum review and invites the campus community to attend a workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in room 213 of the Business building. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop will provide information about Environmental Studies, a five-year-old interdisciplinary, undergraduate program on campus with about 135 enrolled students. Feedback and ideas about campus resources that could further enrich the program are encouraged.

Those who are unable to attend but would like to provide feedback on the program may submit comments to Jeff Bury at ext 5-2144 or or Mike Vasey at or ext. 8-1957.

People on Campus
Photo of Miriam SmithMiriam Smith, associate professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts (BECA), has plenty of fun facts and goodies to share with visitors to her office in the Humanities building.

She might offer guests some Swiss chocolate -- from a brand not sold in the United States, she notes -- or an official "Prehistoric Monster Hunting Permit" from a dinosaur museum in her hometown of Price, Utah.

Because one of her favorite television shows is "Jeopardy," it is no surprise that quirky trivia rolls off her tongue quicker than you can say Alex Trebek...

Read the entire profile:

Academic Senate Action

At its Nov. 16 meeting the Academic Senate:

  • Heard a report on the suspension of the Clinical Lab Sciences Internship Program;
  • Approved the discontinuance of the Russian master's degree program.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


STAR of the Month

November STAR of the Month: Coleen Whiteside
Photo of Coleen WhitesideAlthough by no means required, it certainly helps that Coleen Whiteside, office manager for the Theatre Arts Department, enjoys the dramatic arts.

Whiteside performs the usual duties of an academic office manager, which include assisting department chair Roy Conboy in organizing the information on class offerings, managing the budget, and making sure the front office runs smoothly.

But Theatre Arts brings additional challenges as well. Whiteside works with the directors and technical directors on the budgets for each semester's productions (this often means large purchases at lumber yards and fabric stores) and she and her staff also coordinate scheduling for all of the department's classrooms which double as rehearsal spaces, so are always in demand.

It's challenging but enjoyable work.

"I like working with the students, actors and designers," she said. "They are all artistic individuals so that keeps things lively. There's never a dull moment."

Jo Tomalin, professor of theatre arts, is particularly happy with how Whiteside has updated and streamlined office forms, documents and procedures.

"This helps faculty to ease our busy lives," Tomalin said, "and also serves our students who need up-to-date and efficient access to procedures when faculty advise them."

Whiteside was born in Redwood City, but her parents moved to Illinois when she was growing up. She promised herself that she would move back, and after two years of college in Illinois, she did -- enrolling at SFSU and earning a degree in theatre management.

After working in Housing and Residential Services for seven years, Whiteside began graduate studies in cinema on campus and worked in Theatre Arts part time. Four years ago she became office manager.

Despite her busy schedule, she tries to attend all of the department productions, especially those that play on the main stage. She also has made a habit of attending the weekly student performances at the Brown Bag Theatre.

In addition to last spring's production of "Assassins," the 2000 production of Georges Feydeau's "A Flea on Her Ear" stands out.

"I'm not usually big on farce, but it was very funny," she said. "They had the timing down."

Whiteside lives in Park Merced. She also enjoys attending non-SFSU film screenings and theater productions and likes to travel. She visited Thailand last summer.

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